Lake Dunstan Trail: Starting Points Explained

Lake Dunstan Trail | Natalie Tambolash
Lake Dunstan Trail | Natalie Tambolash

The full 55km Lake Dunstan Trail starts and Smith's Way and finishes in Clyde, but there are a few popular places to start depending on how you'd like to ride it.
 

Smith's Way - 55km to Clyde
 

Smith's Way Start
 

'Smith's Way' is the name of a small side road off the side of SH6, a 15 minute drive from Cromwell towards Wanaka. Starting from Smith's Way requires a shuttle from Cromwell that can easily be added on to your trip. This 16km section of trail is relatively flat and meanders alongside Lake Dunstan and the inlets of Pisa Mooring to the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.

 
Cycling from Smith's Way to Cromwell on the Lake Dunstan Trail |  <i>Lisa Jones</i> Lake Dunstan Cycle Trail |  <i>James Jubb</i> Pisa Moorings on the Lake Dunstan Trail |  <i>Lisa Jones</i>
 
 

Highlands - 38km to Clyde
 

Highlands Start

Trail Journeys' Cromwell depot is located at Highlands Motorsport Park. You can leave your car here, pick up your hire bikes, have a coffee, and join up with the trail along Bannockburn Road. From here it is a 38km ride through the most popular section of trail to Clyde. No shuttles required.

 
Highlands Motorsport Museum Highland Power Hour |  <i>Trail Journeys</i> Highspeed Taxi, Highlands

 
Cromwell Heritage Precinct - 40km to Clyde
 

Heritage Precinct Start

A popular starting point and pre-ride coffee stop, the historic buildings, boutique shops and lake-side views are well worth a look around. If you are starting from our Highlands depot, you can easily add on a shuttle here to start your ride.  

 
Cromwell Heritage Precinct |  <i>Lisa Jones</i>


It's also possible to start from Bannockburn Inlet or Pigeon Rock further down the trail. Search our self-guided Lake Dunstan Trail trips here, or contact the Trail Journeys team to organise your Lake Dunstan Trail trip this summer.

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